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  • Writer's picturePhil Veneziano, M.S. L.Ac.

Oats & Oatmeal - Chinese Medicine Nutrition

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Oats are known for their ability to tonify qi (energy) and blood. They also help to circulate qi and calm the spirit.

Ancient Chinese medical texts describe oats as "restorative" to the Lung, Spleen, Stomach, Heart, Large Intestine, and Kidney Organs and Acupuncture Meridians. The flavor of Oats is sweet, and oats are considered to be warm in temperature (i.e. they bring / circulate warmth in the body). Oats are rich in silicon and phosphorus, and help to renew the bones and connective tissues.

Oats can also help restore the nervous and reproductive systems, strengthen the spleen and pancreas, build and regulate qi (energy), strengthen cardiac muscles, and remove cholesterol from the digestive tract and arteries.

Oats are utilized both as a medicinal food and within Chinese Medicine Herbal Formulas to assist in treating dysentery, diabetes, hepatitis, nervous system imbalances, sexual debility, indigestion, swelling, and abdominal bloating.

Use Oats for Skin Poultices & Digestive Healing Porridge

Oat-water acts as an internal antiseptic when drunk regularly. You can also make a poultice of oats, to use topically on the skin to relieve itching. Oat Poultices are also great to heal and beautify the skin. Oatmeal Porridge (Conji) can be used to prepare oat porridge simmer 2 tablespoons of oat groats (or flakes) in 1 quart of water for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Longer cooking time will increase the thickness of the water and add nourishing properties. Strain before drinking at room temperature.

Instant Oatmeal – This version is most often highly processed, containing an excess of sugar, along with artificial flavors and preservatives. Stay away.

Rolled Oats – Better choice, but they’re usually steamed, rolled, steamed again and toasted, which gives them a higher glycemic index, spiking your blood sugar. Not the worst, but not as beneficial as Mr. Steel-cut.

Steel-Cut Oats: These guys have been milled into tiny pieces and delivered unprocessed. They boast the lowest glycemic index, therefore balancing your blood sugar and you’ll notice less cravings for snacks and sugar-laden coffee drinks.

One cup of oats features 5 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber and contains phosphorus and magnesium to boot!

Caveat: Do not fill the bowl with sugary fruits like banana or raisins, but choose lower glycemic fruits if you must, like blueberries, blackberries or a tart apple or an assortment of nuts or seeds.

Whole milk is ALWAYS better than skim or 2%, especially if you’re dieting. Yes, read that last line again: Whole milk, with its Omega 3’s and full-fat is best!

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